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Chinese men get nine-month prison sentences for cybercrimes breaches

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2016 | 2:58 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The three Chinese men who were in July held with more than 400 credit cards and skimming devices were today sentenced to nine months in prison.

Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece, who handed down the sentence in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, also indicated that she will recommend that the men be deported at the end of their sentence.

The three, Jianping Zhong, Fulin Zhong and Shanghai Guo, had pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property and possession of data devices, all breaches of the Cybercrimes Act.

They were each sentenced to nine months in prison for each of the offences.

Wolfe Reece also imposed a fine of $250,000 or six months in prison for the offence of possession of criminal property.

The sentences will run at the same time and so the men will only be in prison for nine months.

They were arrested in July after they were found in possession of cash, bank cards and electronic skimming devices at a shopping mall in St Andrew.

According to prosecutor Andrea Martin Swaby, investigations led the police to a house also in St Andrew where more than 400 bank cards, J$5.6 million, US$5,600 and a number of electronic devices were seized.

Wolfe Reece said in deciding on the sentence, she took into account, among other things, the circumstances of the offence.